Detailed outline of 1 Thessalonians

  1. The Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians (ch. 1)
    1. The Grounds for the Thanksgiving (1:1–4)
    2. The Genuineness of the Grounds (1:5–10)
  2. The Defense of the Apostolic Actions and Absence (chs. 2–3)
    1. The Defense of the Apostolic Actions (2:1–16)
    2. The Defense of the Apostolic Absence (2:17—3:10)
    3. The Prayer (3:11–13)
  3. The Exhortations to the Thessalonians (4:1—5:22)
    1. Primarily concerning Personal Life (4:1–12)
    2. Concerning the Coming of Christ (4:13—5:11)
    3. Primarily concerning Church Life (5:12–22)
  4. The Concluding Prayer, Greetings and Benediction (5:23–28)
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